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Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters

08:00 - 4 December, 2016
Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters, © nabil gholam architects
© nabil gholam architects

Nabil Gholam Architects' unbuilt proposal for a future bank headquarters competition, a.spire, has been named the winner of the Office-Future project category at World Architecture Festival 2016. The project, designed for the Mar Mikhael neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon, is a flexible intervention meant to both meet the client's needs in the present day and adapt to its long-term evolution.

© nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects +13

"Creative Cynic" Peter Cook Explains Why Archigram Designs Were Always Meant to Be Built

10:30 - 21 November, 2016

Last week ArchDaily attended the 2016 World Architecture Festival in Berlin. We chatted with Sir Peter Cook and asked him about the current state of global affairs (Brexit, the US election, etc). He explained how his experience and work has influenced a career that has spanned over five decades, and reminds us of the inspiring power of architecture. 

Peter Cook: You have to understand that I'm a very particular kind of animal both politically and in my general opinions. I'm what I would call a creative cynic. I'm an old person and I've seen a lot of not very good things happen. On the other hand I was privileged as a child to have free education and free college. 

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016

17:25 - 18 November, 2016
Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016, National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival
National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy has been named the World Building of the Year 2016 as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin comes to a close. The project consists of an atmospheric underground museum below an expansive, undulating public plaza, adjacent to Barozzi Veiga's Mies van der Rohe Award-winning Philharmonic Hall Szczecin.

The National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przelomy is now the ninth project to hold the World Building of the Year title. Last year, the award was given to "The Interlace" by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren.

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, and Small Project awards were also announced. Read on to see the winning projects with comments from the jury. 

Hangzhou AN Interior's Black Cant System Named World's Best Interior of 2016

17:18 - 18 November, 2016
Hangzhou AN Interior's Black Cant System Named World's Best Interior of 2016, Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors
Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors

Hangzhou AN Interior Design's design for the retail brand Heike has been named the world's best interior of 2016. Announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in Berlin, which took place alongside the World Architecture Festival, the winner of the prize was selected from among 9 category winners, which in turn were picked out of a shortlist totaling 62 projects. The Black Cant System was also the winner of the retail category.

Described by the designers as a "glum interior" with a "futuristic melancholy atmosphere" for the retail brand, the centerpiece of the design is a large, dark wedge housing many of the store's functional components such as fitting rooms and staircases.

Read on for more images of, and for the full list of category winners.

Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors +13

Matt Emmett Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image 2016

15:50 - 18 November, 2016
Matt Emmett Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image 2016, Photographer: Matt Emmett - Building: Covered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom / East London Water Works Company 1868. . Image via Arcaid Images
Photographer: Matt Emmett - Building: Covered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom / East London Water Works Company 1868. . Image via Arcaid Images

Matt Emmett’s photograph of the East London Water Works Company covered reservoir in Finsbury Park, built 1868, has been named the winner of the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award. Announced on the final day of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin, the image was notable for being the first winner to feature a historic location as its subject, and drew comparisons to a Piranesi print.

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announces Day 2 Winners

14:28 - 17 November, 2016
World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announces Day 2 Winners

The second group of winners of the World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2016 category awards have been announced today on day 2 of the event, held this year in Berlin, Germany.

The 16 Day 2 winners will now go on to compete against the 14 Day 1 winners for the title of 2016 World Building of the Year. The projects will be presented in front of a Super Jury, which includes Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG), Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton), David Chipperfield, Ole Scheeren, and ArchDaily's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto.

Check out the Day 1 winners here and view the Day 2 winners after the break. 

Winners of Day 1 World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announced

15:39 - 16 November, 2016
Winners of Day 1 World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announced

Fourteen projects have been announced as category winners of the The World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2016 awards on Day 1 of the festival. Winners in 32 categories will be named over the first two days of the conference, and will then go on to compete for the title of the World Building of the Year 2016, to be announced on Friday.

The world’s largest architectural awards program, the 2016 WAF Awards consisted of 343 projects from 58 countries around the world. Finalists projects will be invited to present their project live at the festival to a "super jury" that includes Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG), Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton), David Chipperfield, Ole Scheeren, and ArchDaily's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto, who will determine the grand prize winner.

You can check out the full shortlist here, and see which built and future projects took home awards after the break.

20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016

12:10 - 28 October, 2016
20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016, via Arcaid Images
via Arcaid Images

Arcaid has shortlisted 20 of the year’s best architectural photographs in the running for the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award presents prizes in four categories - Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - and judged by an esteemed panel on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

This year, judges for the award include Emily Booth, executive editor of The Architectural Review; artist and Sto Werkstatt curator Amy Croft; Katy Harris, director of communications at Foster + Partners; architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG and photographers Fernando Guerra and Ulrich Müller.

The photographs will be showcased at World Architecture Festival from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany, where the overall winner will be announced. The shortlist of 20 images is as follows:

UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016

16:00 - 23 October, 2016
UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

Three new sessions have been announced for the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF), held from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany. Adding to the impressive list of speakers at the event will be Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio, who will lecture on “Superliving - from exclusive to inclusive”; Carlos Zedillo of Infonavit discussing “Architect as instigator”; and Qutub Mandviwala, MQA, who will present on “Housing and cultural difference.”

Said Ben van Berkel about the event: “It is essential to understand that ‘housing for everyone’ is not simply a matter of providing homes for all, it is also a question of what the home of the future should be; how we can meet the demands of all future residents and provide housing that fulfils their varied and changing needs.”

International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture - Competition Live Stream

04:30 - 19 September, 2016
International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture - Competition Live Stream, Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event!
Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event!

Watch the ten regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture present their daylight-inspired projects at the World Architecture Festival in a live streamed event before the jury selects the two global winners!

Peter Cook, Patrik Schumacher Lead List of Speakers at WAF 2016

11:30 - 12 August, 2016
Peter Cook, Patrik Schumacher Lead List of Speakers at WAF 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

The program for the 2016 edition of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has been announced. Being held from November 16-18 at the Arena Berlin, Germany, the festival will feature 3 days and 4 nights of events including conferences, lectures and seminars, architect-led city tours and networking opportunities, as well as live critiques of the 411 projects shortlisted for the 2016 WAF Awards. An all-star list of speakers will include leading architectural figures such as Patrik Schumacher, Ole Scheeren and Peter Cook.

This theme of this year’s festival is “Housing For Everyone.” Inspired by a variety of influences, markedly the condition of displaced communities of political and disaster refugees, lectures will focus on “the growing understanding of how demographics and global urbanization are forcing change; and the imperatives to create shelter at one end of the spectrum, and sufficiency for occupation and investment at the other.”

Nabil Gholam Architects Propose Unusual "Art Oasis" in Saudi Arabia

14:00 - 31 July, 2016
Nabil Gholam Architects Propose Unusual "Art Oasis" in Saudi Arabia, Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects
Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects

An unconventional hybrid comprised of an art center, retail outlets, restaurants and private residences forms a new "Arts Oasis" in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Designed by Nabil Gholam Architects, the project was shortlisted as a finalist in Commercial Mixed-Use - Future Projects category at the World Building of the Year Awards.

Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects Courtesy of Nabil Gholam Architects +9

62 Projects Shortlisted for INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2016

13:00 - 18 July, 2016
62 Projects Shortlisted for INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2016, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors has announced the over 60 nominees being considered for the World Interior of the Year 2016 award. Occurring alongside the World Architecture Festival, INSIDE celebrates of the most original and exciting interiors. 

Nominations in the 9 categories include projects from across the globe. From bars and retail spaces to schools and hotels, the nominees will present their projects live during the festival in November. Read on for a complete list of the shortlisted projects and check out all of the projects in the image gallery.

What Makes a Good Project? A Guide to Successful Competition Entries

14:00 - 4 July, 2016
What Makes a Good Project? A Guide to Successful Competition Entries, World Building of the Year 2015 Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan
World Building of the Year 2015 Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan

The following is taken from ‘Design Review’, written by Peter Stewart for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), 2002. In light of the upcoming World Architecture Festival, whose finalists were announced this morning, Stewart gives a few tips on what makes a good project and a successful competition entry. 

The Roman architect Vitruvius suggested that the principal qualities of well- designed buildings are ‘commodity, firmness and delight’:

  • Commodity – buildings should be fit for the purpose for which they were designed
  • Firmness – they should be soundly built and durable
  • Delight – they should be good-looking; their design should please the eye and the mind. 

Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

08:30 - 4 July, 2016
Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival have announced the shortlist for their 2016 awards, featuring 343 projects from 58 countries across 32 categories. As the world's largest architectural awards program, the shortlist contains completed and future projects from every corner of the globe.

All finalists will be invited to present their project live at the festival in November at the Arena Berlin in Germany to a "super jury" that will include Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG), Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton), David Chipperfield, Ole Scheeren, and ArchDaily's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto. A winner for each of the awards' 32 categories will be selected. From this, an overarching World Building or Future Project of the Year award will be selected. Tickets for the festival can be booked here.

World Architecture Festival to Address International Housing and Immigration Issues

08:00 - 1 May, 2016
World Architecture Festival to Address International Housing and Immigration Issues, Lars Krückeberg, Founding Partner of GRAFT (© Paulus Ponizak); Juergen Mayer, Founder of J. Mayer H. Image Courtesy of The World Architecture Festival
Lars Krückeberg, Founding Partner of GRAFT (© Paulus Ponizak); Juergen Mayer, Founder of J. Mayer H. Image Courtesy of The World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced that Lars Krückeberg, Founding Partner of GRAFT, and Juergen Mayer, Founder of J. Mayer H., will speak at this year's festival as part of a session titled ‘Architect as Instigator,’ exploring issues of housing, immigration, and how architects can drive social change through the buildings and spaces they create.

The world’s largest, annual, international architectural event, WAF will be held from November 16 to 18, at Franz Ahrens’ historic former bus depot now known as Arena Berlin, in BerlinGermany. WAF also features the biggest architectural awards programme in the world. Projects can be submitted for consideration for an award until May 19th via this link

World Architecture Festival Announces Judges for 2016

14:00 - 22 April, 2016
World Architecture Festival Announces Judges for 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the largest international gathering of architects, has announced its judges for 2016. The annual event, consisting of awards, a conference, and an exhibition, recognizes outstanding projects in a variety of categories, and is attended by over 2,000 visitors from 65 countries. This year's festival will be held from November 16-18, 2016 at Arena Berlin in Germany.

World Architecture Festival to Move to Berlin After Four Years in Singapore

06:00 - 4 March, 2016
World Architecture Festival to Move to Berlin After Four Years in Singapore

The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the largest annual international gathering of architects, is decamping from its four year home in Singapore for Berlin later this year. The annual event, consisting of awards, a conference, and an exhibition, recognizes outstanding projects in a variety of categories, and is attended by over 2,000 visitors from 65 countries. The venue for this year’s festival is the Berlin Arena, a bus terminal designed by Franz Ahrens in 1927 and repurposed as an event space in the 1990s. This is the ninth edition of the festival and the first to occur in Europe since 2011.